Four More Democratic Senators Send Letter to Obama Opposing UN Arms Treaty

October 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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Flag_of_the_United_NationsThings are looking worse and worse for the UN Small Arms Treaty which was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this year.

Today, four more members of the Senate, all Democrats, joined 50 of their colleagues in sending letters of opposition to the treaty to the president.

The treaty would need 67 Senate votes in order to be ratified, and with 54/100 senators currently openly opposing the treaty it seems that at least for the foreseeable future, it has little chance of being ratified.

From the NRA-ILA,

Today, four members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations with the clear message that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty will not be ratified.

Earlier this year, the U.N. adopted and President Obama directed Secretary Kerry to sign this treaty, which does not exclude civilian arms from its scope and therefore directly threatens the Second Amendment.

“This letter sends a clear message to President Obama and Secretary Kerry that the Arms Trade Treaty will not receive the 67 votes in the U.S. Senate necessary for ratification,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of our 5 million members, the NRA would like to thank those who signed this letter for their principled stand in defending the Second Amendment freedoms of all law-abiding Americans against this attempt by the U.N. to undermine American sovereignty.”

Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Max Baucus (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying, “because of unaddressed concerns that this Treaty’s obligations could undermine our nation’s sovereignty and the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, we would oppose the Treaty if it were to come before the U.S. Senate.”

This joins the bipartisan effort of 50 fellow Senators and 181 members of the U.S. House who sent letters to the President stating their opposition to the ATT earlier this month.

You’ve probably heard a lot of rumors about exactly what the Arms Treaty would do. Some of it’s myth and some it’s truth.

For the full text of the treaty, along with our analysis of how it might affect the right to keep and bear arms in the US, read our article – Complete Text of the UN Arms Treaty Along With Facts and Myths.

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